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(STLToday)   Released from jail in the middle of the night with no way to get home, why not steal a municipal golf cart and abandon it near your front yard, 10 miles away   (stltoday.com) divider line 24
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2012-08-17 11:47:58 PM  
Golf carts are for wimps. At least steal something decent.
 
2012-08-17 11:51:37 PM  
Must have taken him 45 minutes to drive home. Surprised no one noticed him.

Or maybe it's one of those cities that allows golf carts on the streets.
 
2012-08-17 11:51:58 PM  

Bucky Katt: Golf carts are for wimps. At least steal something decent.


I concur, especially if you are going to get charged with motor theft anyways.
 
2012-08-18 12:04:04 AM  
I'm impressed he made it home without getting pulled over by the fuzz. That's not an easy drive.
 
2012-08-18 12:06:35 AM  
I honestly don't know, subby. I would have driven it closer to my house rather than leave it 10 miles away.
 
2012-08-18 12:09:31 AM  
Just had a flashback of GTA: Vice City
 
2012-08-18 12:13:48 AM  
Golf carts should never be driven sober, unless you are currently attempting to flee sobriety.
 
2012-08-18 12:19:16 AM  
If he has feet, he had a way to get home without stealing anything.
 
2012-08-18 12:30:53 AM  
Not that he's not a huge dumbass or anything, but...they release people from jail at like 1 am, with no way to get home? What the hell? What if he doesn't have money on him and there's nobody he can call?
 
2012-08-18 12:35:16 AM  
Wonderful how the cops release you at 2am so there is no chance of getting a hold of someone.
 
2012-08-18 12:42:34 AM  

Tenatra: Bucky Katt: Golf carts are for wimps. At least steal something decent.

I concur, especially if you are going to get charged with motor theft anyways.


I don't think it should be a felony to steal a golf cart. Especially not if you fess up and don't break the thing.
 
2012-08-18 12:46:10 AM  
Gotta love the penal system.....gotta fark you just as much and as hard as they can.........
 
2012-08-18 12:51:12 AM  
Actually, why not?
 
2012-08-18 01:15:28 AM  
Seems like a dick move to just dump him outside at 2 am without giving him a ride home, so I would say it's perfectly fair for him to arrange his own way home. I don't think he should be facing any kind of charge for that.

Obviously the cops in that area don't really have any kind of an interest in not being shiatheads so that doesn't seem likely. Congratulations on being born in the wrong part of the world you poor bastard.
 
2012-08-18 01:15:52 AM  

luktti: Wonderful how the cops release you at 2am so there is no chance of getting a hold of someone.


It's not like he'd just done a five-year stretch in San Quentin. He'd been arrested two hours earlier. I'm guessing at the time, leaving at 2 a.m. seemed preferable to this guy to spending the whole night in jail.
 
2012-08-18 01:26:02 AM  
Meanwhile, under "related stories:"

Topless golf gets two O'Fallon, Mo., women in trouble

The St. Louis-area golf scene sounds awesome. I think I'll go joyriding around in one of their carts looking for naked chicks.
 
2012-08-18 01:29:40 AM  

doglover: Tenatra: Bucky Katt: Golf carts are for wimps. At least steal something decent.

I concur, especially if you are going to get charged with motor theft anyways.

I don't think it should be a felony to steal a golf cart. Especially not if you fess up and don't break the thing.


Apparently they think he did more than just drive it home,

There was also evidence of some "off-roading," as mud covered much of the cart, Murphy said.

I don't know what kind of golf cart this thing is but I've had to push a cart out of a small mud puddle because it kept spinning the tires. This must have been a pretty bad ass cart if he was able to thrash offroad and still make it through mud. Seeing how he said it took somewhere around 2 hours to get home I don't think that is the case though, unless he was having too much fun offroading :p

I'm quite confused about laws regarding golf carts. When I read the article I thought he was going to get slapped with a misdemeanor but damn a felony?! Another thing that baffles me is being able to operate a golf cart on a golf course while intoxicated. It's the only place I know of where you won't get hit for a DUI but take that same cart off the course and on to the mean streets and it is suddenly a crime.
 
2012-08-18 01:40:38 AM  

Tenatra: I'm quite confused about laws regarding golf carts. When I read the article I thought he was going to get slapped with a misdemeanor but damn a felony?! Another thing that baffles me is being able to operate a golf cart on a golf course while intoxicated. It's the only place I know of where you won't get hit for a DUI but take that same cart off the course and on to the mean streets and it is suddenly a crime.


They're charging him with the felony that covers stealing cars, but the value of a golf cart is probably enough for it to qualify as a felony in most places regardless. In any event, that's just the opening salvo. He'll probably plead down to a misdemeanor.

As for DUI being a crime on the street but not on a private course, vehicle laws usually only apply to public roads. I'm pretty sure if you want to do drunken circles in your own driveway, Johnny Law won't be able to touch you.
 
2012-08-18 01:45:15 AM  

Tenatra: It's the only place I know of where you won't get hit for a DUI but take that same cart off the course and on to the mean streets and it is suddenly a crime.


Driving while intoxicated per se isn't illegal.

What is illegal is driving while intoxicated IN PUBLIC. If you are on your own property and there's no one around endangered by your driving you can pretty much do whatever. That's why Adam Carolla was able to do a DUI test where he chugged a few beers and then did an obstacle course to prove he's better driving drunk than the average old lady off the street is sober. He wasn't on public roads.

If you owned a farm, you can get all liquored up and do donuts in a field till you roll your car, get out and then jump said car on a bike. No problemo. If you have even a ml too much red wine at an Italian joint and drive safely home and just happen to get pulled over at one of those stupid checkpoints, then your ass is headed to a bad place my friend.

Basically, all you have to do to avoid a DUI is keep yourself to yourself and avoid public places or broadcasting red flags.
 
2012-08-18 01:47:58 AM  
"fark Hallmark, this is jailmark."
I love it.
 
2012-08-18 01:56:36 AM  

Good Behavior Day: Must have taken him 45 minutes to drive home. Surprised no one noticed him.

Or maybe it's one of those cities that allows golf carts on the streets.


I once snapped an accelerator cable 10 miles from home at about 2 am when I was 17, and really high. And I was living alone for the summer as my parents had already moved but let me stay until school started. I drove home through a town of about 50k at engine idle. It took an hour, and I saw maybe one car (idle was high enough to eventually hit 3rd gear) and no cops.

Sometimes you really do get away with the damndest things.
 
2012-08-18 02:20:56 AM  
When the suspect was apprehended he was heard to be muttering, "I'm gonna kill that farking Elwood" over and over again.
 
2012-08-18 10:11:28 AM  

semiotix: luktti: Wonderful how the cops release you at 2am so there is no chance of getting a hold of someone.

It's not like he'd just done a five-year stretch in San Quentin. He'd been arrested two hours earlier. I'm guessing at the time, leaving at 2 a.m. seemed preferable to this guy to spending the whole night in jail.


That may be, but it is common practice for jails to release prisoners at 2-4 AM without any way for said prisoner to get home (legally).
 
2012-08-18 03:09:00 PM  
I got released from jail and told the cops I had no cab fare and would walk home.

They said not to leave. Eventually the same cops that arrested me drove me all the way back to the very bar where it happened.

Said "don't go back inside or we'll arrest you again".

I thanked them and walked away. Didn't go back inside.

/cool cops were cool.
 
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